Are you dying to know more about the writing process of your favorite author? Or maybe you just want to know whether s/he prefers coffee versus tea, or truth versus dare, and print versus ebook. New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is here to answer all that and more! And, you’ll get a little insight into her latest installment in the beloved Sinful Suitors series!
Set your music to shuffle and hit play. What’s the first song that comes up?
“High Wire” by Men at Work. But I have 5,000 songs in my iTunes playlists so I’m not sure if that tells you much. I listen to a LOT of music.
Now that we’ve set the mood, what are you working on today?
The 5th book in the Sinful Suitors Series, The Secret of Flirting, about Gregory Vyse, the Baron Fulkham, who has appeared in The Study of Seduction and The Pleasures of Passion, and who will appear in The Talent of Temptation, which comes out in October. He’s in charge of a big deal political conference and is thrown off his game when one of the people involved, Princess Anne, proves secretly to be a French actress he had words with three years before. The skirmishes between them get bolder and hotter until the two of them find themselves forced to either band together or lose everything. Guess which one they choose?
What’s your latest book about?
The Pleasures of Passion is a reunion story about Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, who is forced to flee after killing a man in a duel. He expects his secret love, Brilliana Trevor, to go with him, or at the very least wait for him. To his shock, she does neither and sends him off with no promise for the future. Seven years and one pardon later, Niall returns to England disillusioned and cynical. And being blackmailed by the government into working with his former love to help catch a counterfeiter connected to her father doesn’t improve his mood any. But as his role as Brilliana’s fake fiancé brings his long-buried feelings to the surface once again, he wonders who is more dangerous—the counterfeiter or the woman rapidly stealing his heart.
Forced to marry another man after Niall was exiled, the now widowed Brilliana wants nothing to do with the reckless rogue who she believes abandoned her to a dreary, loveless life. So having to rely on him to save her father is the last thing she wants, much less trusts him with….But as their scheme strips away the lies and secrets of their shared past, can she let go of the old hurt and put her pride aside? Or will the pleasures of their renewed passion finally enable them both to rediscover love?
Where do you write, and what tools do you use?
I have a writing office, but I also often write either at my local Starbucks (depending on my mood) or outside on my deck (depending on the weather). I use a MacBook to do the actual writing. I HATE writing by hand and always have—I swear I wouldn’t be a writer if word processors hadn’t been invented. I do most of my research either by browsing the internet or the many books in my personal research library, which I’ve accumulated over the years.
Do you base your characters off of real people in your life?
Not really. Sometimes there are similarities, but I never plan it that way. I just discover as I’m writing that a character is a lot like someone I know. But generally the characters come from the same place my plots originate—my imagination.
How do you name your characters?
For first names, I use The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. I just thumb through it until I find the ones I like. It’s great because it says what centuries the names were popular in. For last names, I have a dictionary of English surnames.
For British titles, I have a book that lists all the current and extant titles. I generally pick a couple of extant titles and mash them together. So, for example, Templeton and Frogmore would become Templemore. Then I make sure there’s no one by that title in the English aristocracy, and I’m done!
What’s your secret talent?
I don’t know how secret it is, but I do sing. I originally thought that my career would be in music. I sang in multiple choirs in high school, took voice lessons, and was a voice minor in college for one semester before I figured out that I hated all the practicing and attending recitals.
What do you do if the words aren’t flowing?
When I get stuck, I walk, do a jigsaw puzzle, or take a shower to get me out my rut. That usually sparks something. Sometimes one method works, sometimes another. That’s why I have to try them all. A good long drive works, too, if there’s one I need to make.
Alright, now for the really important questions:
- Beach or mountains? Mountains
- Coffee or tea? Both! Coffee and Mint Iced Tea
- Skydive or bungee jump? Bungee Jump
- Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
- Winter or summer? Winter
- Cake or pie? Pie
- Cats or dogs? Don’t have either but like both
- Pens or pencils? Pens
- Truth or dare? Truth
- Print or ebook? Both! I’m reading one of each right now. Plus two magazines. J I’m not format-specific.